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Record 27200

Reading Experience:

Sharon Turner (lawyer) to John Murray, 31 January 1822: 'Mr. Shadwell, whom I have just seen, has told me that he had read "Cain" some time ago, -- that he thinks it contains nothing but what a bookseller can be fairly justified in publishing, that it is not worse in many parts than "Paradise Regained" and in "Paradise Lost" [...] He is King's Counsel and a religious man. He thinks it can hurt no reasonable mind. He will lead the case.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Dec 1821 and 31 Jan 1822
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader: Shadwell
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Barrister
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: George Gordon Lord Byron
Title: Cain, a Mystery
Genre: Bible, Drama, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published by John Murray, together with Byron's plays Sardanapalus and The Two Foscari, December 1821
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 27200  
Source - Print  
  Author: Samuel Smiles
  Editor: n/a
  Title: A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1891
  Vol: 1
  Page: 428
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 1, p. 428,, accessed: 02 December 2023

Additional comments:

Shadwell was retained by Murray to apply to the Chancellor (Lord Eldon) for an injunction to protect Murray from pirate publishers of text; Murray was concerned that this might be refused, were text to be judged as blasphemous (see p.428 in source).



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